What is STD Engage?
STD Engage is an annual conference that brings together state and local STD prevention and sexual health professionals, public health leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest topics in STD prevention. This year, the event was held in New Orleans from May 15-19, 2023.
It is an event created by The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). They are a non-profit organization in the United States representing state, local, and territorial health departments working to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The NCSD aims to provide leadership, build capacity, and advocate for effective policies, programs, and resources at the national level for STD prevention and sexual health promotion.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was also a driving force and stout supporter of STD Engage 2023. NACCHO is a non-profit organization representing the interests of nearly 3,000 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO’s mission is to “improve the health of communities” by promoting national policies, fostering the development of effective local public health practices, and providing support and resources to help local health departments in their work.
What Happens at STD Engage?
At STD Engage, attendees can learn about the latest research and best practices in STD prevention. The conference also provides a platform for attendees to network with each other and build relationships with like-minded professionals. Additionally, some exhibitors showcase their products and services related to STD prevention. We were one of the exhibitors. We had a blast!
Who Attends STD Engage?
STD Engage attracts a wide range of individuals from all over the country who are interested in learning more about preventing STDs. Attendees include state and local public health officials, community-based organizations, healthcare providers, researchers, advocates, policymakers, students, and more. We were proud to be there! STDcheck.com was there. The event aligns with our mission and goals. Obviously, we (STDcheck.com), a branch of Analyte Health, were there because we offer private and confidential STD testing services. We offer free HIV testing options for college students and other people in the community who have no other option.
Why Should I Attend?
If one is interested in learning more about the latest research and best practices around STD prevention, then STD Engage is the perfect event for you. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in the field, learn from experts in the industry, and get up-to-date information on best practices.
Attending conferences like this can benefit anyone interested in learning more about preventing STDs or working in public health. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on current trends in the field and network with other professionals who share similar interests. Additionally, scholarship opportunities are often available for those who may need help to afford the cost of attending.
STD Engage: A History
STD Engage is an annual event that brings together public health professionals, policymakers, and community members to discuss the latest advances in preventing and controlling sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The event has been held since the early 2000s and has grown significantly over the years.
The first STD Engage was held in 2002 Washington, D.C., focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Since then, the event has expanded to include a wide range of topics related to STDs, such as community engagement, testing and treatment, disparities in healthcare access, and more. Over time, STD Engage has become an essential platform for sharing best practices and developing new strategies for tackling the growing problem of STDs.
At this year’s STD Engage 2023 event in New Orleans, LA (May 16-18), attendees had the opportunity to learn about critical elements of community engagement to address STDs, explore community-based approaches to reducing STDs, understand minimum thread engagement calculation standards for STD prevention programs, examine STI testing in remote communities, get an update on new interpretations of “engaged in research” standards for STD prevention initiatives, review standard engagement contracts for non-employee services related to STD programs, and learn about compilation engagements related to STD research.
Overall, STD Engage provides an invaluable opportunity for public health professionals and community members to share their knowledge and experiences to create better solutions for preventing and controlling STDs. We have resource pages with all kinds of information from HIV Symptoms to life insurance for people with HIV in our most excellent blog. Reach out to us if you have any questions.
Medically Reviewed by Joshua Hwang, MD on May 22, 2023
Author: STD Check Editorial Team
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